Storm Prep

Prepare to Weather the Storm

Stay safe by preparing for severe weather and other emergency situations.

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It's imperative to be prepared for severe weather. Storms can surprise us with their severity, and it's important that you know how to stay safe and not be caught without essential supplies, or be rushed to prepare at the last minute.

Emergency Storm Kit

We suggest keeping the following items on-hand at all times for emergency situations in case you are without power for a period of time:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries, candles or other illumination
  • Battery-powered radio and/or television for news updates
  • Bottled water and canned food
  • Medication and a first aid kit
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • Portable chargers

Have a Plan - For Everyone

  • If you’re a senior citizen or have an elderly loved one or neighbor, create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist during an emergency:
    • Provide them an extra key to your home
    • Let them know where you keep emergency supplies
    • Train them on how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine
       
  • Have pets? They're family, too! Make sure they're taken care of during an emergency:
    • Identify shelters that take pets or pet-friendly hotels ahead of time
    • Build a pet emergency kit that includes food, familiar items (toys, treats and bedding), vaccination & vet information
    • Have your pets microchipped in case they get lost
  • Take care of your health needs in advance. If you or a family member have a life-threatening condition and need electricity to power a medical device, plan now for an emergency:
    • Talk to your doctor so you know your options
    • Have multiple locations lined up where you can go in an emergency
    • Consider a reliable backup power source like a generator, if possible

Staying Safe Around Downed Lines

Storms can often cause damage to equipment and power lines. Please be aware of the below so you and your loved ones can stay safe:

  • Always stay away from downed power lines. They could be live.
  • If a person or object is in contact with a power line, don’t touch the person, object or the power line - the electric current could flow through you. Call 911 instead.
  • If your vehicle is in contact with a power line, stay inside the car. Warn others not to touch the car or the power line.
  • If you must leave your vehicle, jump clear to avoid being in contact with the car and the ground at the same time.

Generator Safety

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of a portable generator.
  • Operate the generator outdoors to avoid deadly fumes.
  • Plug appliances directly into the portable generator or have it properly attached to your home’s wiring by a qualified electrician.
  • Never connect a portable generator to your home’s main electrical panel or plug it into an electrical outlet.

Summer Outages

  • Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your home.
  • During the day, go to an air conditioned building such as a shopping mall.
  • Drink plenty of cool liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Eat light. Opt for foods high in water content such as fruits, salads and soups.
  • Take baths and showers to stay cool. Water conducts heat away from the body.

Preparing for the Storm

Learn how to prepare for a power outage and stay safe.

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